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Published On: Sun, Apr 6th, 2014

Fire disaster: Kuje traders demand compensation from FCTA

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By Usman Shuaibu

Following the fire disaster that gutted the shops of 30 traders about four months ago in Kuje main market, the affected traders have called on the FCT Administration to compensate them for their loss.

Chairman of the market, Alhaji Yunana Isah, who made the call in an interview with Peoples Daily on behalf of the traders in Kuje, said since the inferno nothing had been done by the FCT Administration to cushion the effect of the loss of their businesses.

Isah explained that, in spite of the letter written to the FCT minister, Senator Bala Mohammed by the authority of the market to assist the affected traders there has not been any response.

He said, plans are on by the leadership of the market to engage the Public Private Partnership (PPP) in discussions on how to modernise the market to forestall fire outbreak and other hazards in future.

He pointed out that if the market had necessary facilities such as toilets, bank, police station, fire service and refuse dumps the market would be safer and more traders would be attracted to the market.

He then pleaded with the chairman of Kuje Area Council, Ishaku Shaban Tete to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with only genuine developers out of those who submitted their applications to the area council for developing the market.

The chairman, however, said that his administration would continue to take the traders along especially the registered ones, while urging those traders who are yet to register to do so.

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